Travel for 2015: The Trends to Watch

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Travel trends for 2015: Robots that service hotel guests, the emergence of marijuana tourism and the rise of several Midwest destinations – these are some of the trends that marked the year in U.S. travel.  As 2014 fades to a glimmer in the rearview mirror, Hotels.com has come up with an data-based analysis of what the search engines are saying and combined it with survey findings and data from the Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®). The upshot? Here are the Top 10 Travel Predictions for 2015. Read more »

Romantic Retreats: Loving the Month of February

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February is a good month to keep the fires burning with romance packages that warm heart and soul. The following packages are on the calendar at a variety of hotels and resorts around the world, offering sexy amenities along with cool settings to explore. Read more »

CES 2015: Top Five Travel Gadgets to Pack

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Wading through the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is like trying to catch fish in a barrel – only you are in the barrel with all the fish. Some 160,000 techies, lookie-loos, inventers, retailers and sales gurus descend on Las Vegas, each person looking for something or presenting something in a sea of sound, lights, and general chaos that eventually produces the things we use to make our lives work. Read more »

New Resorts Blessed by National Geographic

Fogo Island Inn a member of Kurtz-Ahlers

Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland

The Brando, an all-inclusive venture in sustainable luxury in the out-island atoll of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia, recently joined a growing list of travel experiences embraced by National Geographic. The Society’s Unique Lodges of the World collection tabs boutique hotels, in extraordinary places around the world, with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence.  Read more »

Wakaya Club & Spa: Private Island Bliss in Fiji

Luxury resort private island fiji

Wealth has its privileges and one of them can be found on a private island in Fiji. Wakaya Club & Spa is an Eden of sustainable luxury to some and an exotic getaway in a far island paradise to others. But to all it is an answer to a those seeking a romantic, sun-drenched isle amazing enough to attract some of the wealthiest travelers in the world and humble enough to harness the waves and the stars as constant company. READ MORE …

AmEx: Trends on Spends for Business Travel 2015

AmEx Forecast on business travel

For those agents managing travel for business clients, many of whom are governed by strict pricing policies, the news is not bad. According to the 11th annual American Express Global Business Travel Forecast 2015, released late last year, air, hotel and ground transportation prices will be neutral to slightly higher across the spectrum. While this trend may not last, corporate travel managers can use the news to collect insight and data that will protect them from price jolts that may be further off on the horizon. Read more »

India Quest: The Perfect Cup of Tea

Traveling to Assam

By Susan McKee

Slurp, slosh, spit, repeat. I watched Abir Goyal sample his way through a hundred different lots of tea in the broker’s office in Guwahati, India the largest city in Assam in northeastern India . This was his second taste test for the batch. The first was steeped with boiling water. This go-round added milk to the brewed tea, just as it would be drunk by the majority of tea drinkers in India.
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